Am I the only person who has noticed the level of frequency that young people use vulgarity to express themselves? Or, have you noticed that students in elementary and middle schools freely incorporated certain curse words into their vocabulary on a regular basis? A visit to a local school resulted in my ability to overhear loud conversations amongst elementary and middle school girls, who used the F word, N word and B word to make their points and finish their sentences. I happened to be walking nearby and overheard them as they loudly exercised their usage of of vulgar words. They were not angry or yelling with each other. They were having simple conversations that were seasoned with the b-word, n-word and a-word.
My presence as a mature adult did not sway them from using these words. They kept talking as if I was not present. I am approaching the golden age of …? and can remember a time when vulgarity was referred to as ‘GUTTER TALK’ and for individuals who worked in certain occupations or came from lower socioeconomic communities. Individuals with class and dignity refrained from using vulgarity and deferred instead to class, pomp and circumstance in their daily lives.
I’m sure that someone will read this post and wonder why am I even worrying about the usage of vulgarity in the younger generations? My concern is rooted in the fact that many of the same youth that I am referring to , are lacking in their usage of literacy and academic skills. They might use these words because they lack knowledge about the proper way to use the English vocabulary? As, they age, the substitution of words beginning with f, b, n and w, won’t make the grade when they have to perform on scholastic achievement tests. The rubric will not have those words available for them to use, but will present difficult words to read, spell and use to formulate real and curse free sentences. The other reason for discussing this growing problem of vulgarity in younger generations, is because the sound of the words is offensive, rude and denigrating to the persons that are within earshot and/or whom they are trying to refer to.
We have to serve as the standard bearers as INVOLVED PARENTS and community members. We can’t turn our ears away from this new phenomena. We have to do our part to ward off the development of a generation of young people, who think that the vulgarity is a new language in America and that it consists of four-letter words that begin with b’s, n’s and w’s.
We can each make a difference in the lives of young people by giving them a stern look when we hear them using vulgar terms, and also encouraging them to strive for larger vocabularies and respect for their elders, especially for educators who are bathed in their vulgarity for eight hours during the school year. Tell me what you think about this topic. Feel free to post your comments below.